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'48 Hours' to revisit Ryan Ferguson case

Saturday, March 29, 2014 | 3:52 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The CBS program that helped bring national attention to the Ryan Ferguson murder trial is revisiting the case once more.

"48 Hours" will air a new episode about Ferguson at 8 p.m. Saturday. This episode, according to previews, will focus on Ferguson's life after prison and will feature interviews with Charles Erickson.

If you can't view the embedded preview of Saturday's "48 Hours" episode, view it on YouTube.

Ferguson was released from prison in November after spending almost a decade in prison. He was convicted in 2005 of murdering Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt. His conviction has been vacated.

Erickson pleaded guilty to killing Heitholt and testified at Ferguon's trial that he and Ferguson had killed the editor in the parking lot of the newspaper on Halloween night in 2001. Erickson has since recanted that confession.

According to CBS News, Saturday's episode will feature "exclusive interviews with Erickson" and will take "a close look at his confession."

"48 Hours" aired it first story about Ferguson in 2006 in an episode called the "Dream Killer," according to previous Missourian reporting. It has revisited the case multiple times. Ferguson's lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, has credited Erin Moriarty of "48 Hours" with helping keep Ferguson's case alive.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.


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